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Lean Not in Your Understanding

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23 January 2024

We have heard it several times in the course of our conversation with people—“your destiny is in your hands,” or “you are the architect of your future.” Many of us have been counseled several times, “Follow your mind,” as if the thoughtfulness of man is perfect. Whatever events or situations that may warrant these phrases and the counseling, one thing is certain: our future is in the hands of the Creator of Heaven and Earth. We are told that the Creator declares the end from the beginning and His glorious counsel always stands. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:10)  Let us ask ourselves a pertinent question: Who gives wisdom? Who gives understanding? Who endows knowledge? Is it not the Lord God Almighty? The scripture tells us, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5 KJV) Job said in the anguish of his pain and sorrow, “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are His.” (Job 12:13 NIV)

King Solomon, the acclaimed wisest man on earth, asked for wisdom and an understanding heart. The Lord God Almighty granted his request. The test of wisdom of King Solomon can be found in the quality of the word of wisdom that God inspired King Solomon to pen down in the Books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in the Bible. With his wisdom the king built the Temple of God in the city of Jerusalem. This Temple, despite its ruins in the modern day, after many thousands of years, is still considered to be one of the wonders on earth.

When King Solomon became a king in Israel, he applied his own wisdom to rule in his kingdom to strive for and obtain peace instead of trusting in the directive of righteousness of Almighty God.  God had earlier commanded the Israelites not to join themselves in marriage with the foreign women. “Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.” (Deuteronomy 7:3-4 KJV) The king thought that if he married the daughters of all the powerful kings around the nation of Israel, their fathers will not go into war against Israel. “But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.” (1 Kings 11:1-2)

King Solomon followed his mind, he took his destiny in his hand and married the foreign women against the commandment of God. True to his narrow minded thoughtfulness, throughout the tenure of King Solomon as the king of Israel, there was no war against his kingdom. He secured peace with his enemies at the costly price of his relationship with God because he broke the commandments of God and his foreign women turned his mind to become idolater. He ended up severing his brilliant and excellent relationship with God to become an unfortunate idol worshiper of the idol god of Chemosh. God rented the kingdom from the hand of King Solomon. Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. (1 Kings 11:11 KJV)

King Solomon was speaking from the abundance of his experience, after he had tasted the consequence of his disobedience against the commandment of God, he now admonished people to listen the righteous counsel of God. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” (Proverbs 3:5-7 KJV) “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8) The commandments and precepts of God abound in the scripture. God is still waiting for those who will trust in Him and acknowledge Him. He will surely guide and direct your paths and immensely bless you.

Prayer: O Lord, grant me the grace to humble myself before your throne of grace and put You in the center of my life. Empower me with the enlightened heart so that I will not lean my own understanding. Let me wholeheartedly trust in your wisdom so that you may direct my path in Jesus name. Empower me to yield in obedience to your divine guidance in Jesus name, Amen


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